At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), robots were displayed all over, showing off what actions they can do and learn. It’s apparent from the show, household robots with artificial intelligence are getting closer to becoming a reality in our daily lives. Many industry leaders in the auto and medical industries are experimenting with different types of robots that can benefit us in those fields as well.
We even saw robots whose purpose is purely for fun and enjoyment. The return of Sony’s robotic puppy, Aibo, may be making a comeback as one of those. Check out the latest version of Aibo on YouTube. We have one of the original Aibo puppies from over a decade ago sitting idle in our office museum, but the newest Aibo can interact much more intelligently than its predecessor.
The more realistic robot demonstrated at CES was Sophia, a humanoid robot by Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong. You can watch an interactive question and answer session, where she even jokes with the interviewer. A couple of robotic pole dancers were debuted at a Las Vegas night club during CES this year – demonstrating the vast amount of ways A.I. technology can be used.
Whatever we create using A.I. with robots, unless we humans clearly define their purpose, they can be turned into something used for good or evil; a benefit to our society or something taxing on our society. After all, even though robots are smart, it’s still humans who define their programs, uses, controls and access. It’s still humans who will define our future society.